Every year Kris Tapley of In Contention counts down his Top 10 Shot of the Year. (There are many imitators, but he was the first.) What makes his articles so wonderful is that he gets to interview each cinematographer about the specific shots in question.
Point of definition: In film, a “shot” is any continuous footage or sequence without edits or cuts. It can last anywhere from a few frames to several minutes.
Check out this year’s list here:
Part One (#10-6)
Part Two (#5-1)
I won’t give anything away, except to say that one of the films in the first part shows up again in the second. And if you’ve seen #2 and #1, you’ll know instantly that they are the most obvious and perfect choices.